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NFCA Names Speedline High School Coaching Staff of the Year
COLUMBIA, MO -- Head Coach Harry Lowe and assistant coaches Kevin Bellavance and Andrew Kelley of Apponequet High School in Lakeville, Massachusetts, have been named Speedline/NFCA National High School Coaching Staff of the Year for 1999.
Lowe, in his 10th season as the school's head softball coach, guided Apponequet (24-2) to its second state title in 1999 (the other was in 1992). Apponequet was ranked No. 1 in the state by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Lowe was named Coach of the Year by the Globe, which also named Apponequet pitcher Michelle Santos to its All-Scholastic Team.
Lowe, Bellavance and Kelley will be honored at the NFCA National Convention in St. Petersburg, Fla., on December 3. They were first selected by NFCA member head high school coaches as the NFCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year and then placed on the national ballot with four other high school staffs who earned similar honors in their regions.
Other Speedline top regional high school staffs, as selected by NFCA member head coaches nationwide, are:
South Central Region: Magnolia High School (AAAA), Magnolia, TX Renee Bialas, Head Coach; Sheryl Tamborello and Dean Hollingsworth, Assistant Coaches. Bialas led Magnolia to a 34-3 overall record and the championship of Texas Class AAAA. Magnolia finished 10th in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25. She was named Softball Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Two of her players, Brandy Sanders (third base/pitcher) and Mendy Hartman (pitcher/third base) were named to the Texas AAAA All-State team.